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Superman is a fictional superhero. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, and first appeared in Action Comics #1, a comic book published on April 18, 1938.[1] The character regularly appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and has been adapted to a number of radio serials, movies, and television shows.

Everyone in some form or fashion has heard those iconic lines:

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird!

It's a plane!

It's Superman!

There is perhaps no one more iconic and synonymous with the term superhero than The Man of Steel, but what makes him the poster boy for our culture? Now, if you were to ask most nerds, it would vary on who the poster boy is out of bias. For instance, Tyler thinks Batman, and Josh thinks Mickey Mouse is.

Superman was born on the planet Krypton and was given the name Kal-El at birth. As a baby, his parents sent him to Earth in a small spaceship moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm. His ship landed in the American countryside, near the fictional town of Smallville. He was found and adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, who named him Clark Kent.

Clark developed various superhuman abilities, such as incredible strength and impervious skin. His foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, and he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. To protect his privacy, he changes into a colorful costume and uses the alias. "Superman" when fighting crime. Clark Kent resides in the fictional American city of Metropolis, where he works as a journalist for the Daily Planet.

Superman's supporting characters include his love interest and fellow journalist Lois Lane, Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen and editor-in-chief Perry White. His most well-known villain is Lex Luthor. Superman is part of the DC Universe, and as such often appears in stories alongside other DC Universe heroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman.

Although Superman was not the first superhero character, he popularized the superhero archetype and defined its conventions. Superheroes are usually judged by how closely they resemble the standard established by Superman. He remains the best selling superhero in comic books of all time[2]and endured as one of the most lucrative franchises even outside of comic books.

Aliases:

  • The Man of Steel

  • The Man of Tomorrow

  • Supes

  • Big Blue

  • Kal-El

  • The Kryptonian

Abilities:

  • Vast superhuman strength

  • Superhuman hearing, durability, and longevity

  • Superhuman vision

  • Heat vision

  • Electromagnetic spectrum vision

  • Microscopic vision

  • X-ray vision

  • Telescopic vision

  • Infrared vision

  • Superhuman breath

  • Freeze breath

  • Wind breath

  • Superhuman speed

  • Superhuman agility

  • Superhuman reflexes

  • Invulnerability

  • Healing Factor

  • Flight

  • Space survivability

  • Superhuman intelligence

Types of Kryptonite:

  • Green: Weakness for Kryptonians

  • Red: Severe weakness for Kryptonians and causes mood swings.

  • Anti-Kryptonite: No effects on Kryptonians but harmful to humans

  • X-Kryptonite: Gives humans superhuman abilities.

  • Blue: Weakness for Bizarro Superman

  • White: Kills plant life

  • Gold: Removes superpowers permanently

  • Silver: Gives Kryptonians hallucinations almost like Scarecrows toxin

  • Black: Splits Kryptonians into an evil and good entity.

  • Orange: Gives animals abilities like Krypto the Super Dog.

  • Pink: Makes Kryptonians um….bat for the other team as people say

  • Periwinkle: Causes Kryptonians to lose all their inhibitions

Most Notable Villains:

  • Lex Luthor

  • Darkseid

  • Métallo

  • Ultra Humanite

  • Bizzaro

  • Brainiac

  • Doomsday

  • General Zod

  • Mongul

The Men Behind The Steel

  • Kirk Alyn (1948 and 1950)

  • George Reeve (1951-1958)

  • David Wilson (1975)

  • Christopher Reeve (1978-1987)

  • John Newton (1988)

  • Gerard Christopher (1988-1992)

  • Dean Cain (1993-1997)

  • Tom Welling (2001-2011, 2019)

  • Brandon Routh (2006,2019,2020)

  • Ben Affleck (2006 as George Reeve)

  • Henry Cavill (2013-present)

  • Tyler Hoechlin pronounced Heklin (2016-present CW)

The Voices of Superman

  • Big Blue has had 103 different voices spanning 100+ types of media, but we will name the top 10 voices of the most repeated actors.

1.) Nolan North

2.) Jerry O’Connell

3.) George Newbern

4.) Jason J. Lewis

5.) Channing Tatum

6.) Tim Daly

7.) Dany Dark

8.) Bud Collyer

9.) Brecken Meyer

10.) Biggest 1 Timers: Alan Tudyk, Jason Issacs, and Troy Baker making Troy Baker the only person to voice Superman, Batman, and Joker.

Our Thoughts, Memories, and Favorite Moments of Superman:

  • Overrated?

  • Best Superman?

  • IMDB Polled over 2,600 people and here are the standings:

  • Christopher Reeve 1,183

  • Henry Cavill 794

  • Tom Welling 249

  • Brandon Routh 130

  • Dean Cain 95

  • George Reeves 65

  • Ben Affleck 61

  • Tyler Hoechlin 25

  • Kirk Alyn 18

  • Gerard Christopher 10

  • Killed Joker

  • Raced Flash - Wound up with the record of Superman - 1 / Flash - 3 / Tie-2

  • VS Batman - 16 times they have went head to head and it has ended with the record being:

Batman: 6 (always by outwitting)

Superman: 7 (always by being pushed to the limit)

Tie: 3 (interrupted by a villain)

Superman is a fictional superhero. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, and first appeared in Action Comics #1, a comic book published on April 18, 1938.[1] The character regularly appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and has been adapted to a number of radio serials, movies, and television shows.

Everyone in some form or fashion has heard those iconic lines:

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird!

It's a plane!

It's Superman!

There is perhaps no one more iconic and synonymous with the term superhero than The Man of Steel, but what makes him the poster boy for our culture? Now, if you were to ask most nerds, it would vary on who the poster boy is out of bias. For instance, Tyler thinks Batman, and Josh thinks Mickey Mouse is.

Superman was born on the planet Krypton and was given the name Kal-El at birth. As a baby, his parents sent him to Earth in a small spaceship moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm. His ship landed in the American countryside, near the fictional town of Smallville. He was found and adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, who named him Clark Kent.

Clark developed various superhuman abilities, such as incredible strength and impervious skin. His foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, and he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. To protect his privacy, he changes into a colorful costume and uses the alias. "Superman" when fighting crime. Clark Kent resides in the fictional American city of Metropolis, where he works as a journalist for the Daily Planet.

Superman's supporting characters include his love interest and fellow journalist Lois Lane, Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen and editor-in-chief Perry White. His most well-known villain is Lex Luthor. Superman is part of the DC Universe, and as such often appears in stories alongside other DC Universe heroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman.

Although Superman was not the first superhero character, he popularized the superhero archetype and defined its conventions. Superheroes are usually judged by how closely they resemble the standard established by Superman. He remains the best selling superhero in comic books of all time[2]and endured as one of the most lucrative franchises even outside of comic books.

Aliases:

• The Man of Steel

• The Man of Tomorrow

• Supes

• Big Blue

• Kal-El

• The Kryptonian

Abilities:

• Vast superhuman strength

• Superhuman hearing, durability, and longevity

• Superhuman vision

• Heat vision

• Electromagnetic spectrum vision

• Microscopic vision

• X-ray vision

• Telescopic vision

• Infrared vision

• Superhuman breath

• Freeze breath

• Wind breath

• Superhuman speed

• Superhuman agility

• Superhuman reflexes

• Invulnerability

• Healing Factor

• Flight

• Space survivability

• Superhuman intelligence

Types of Kryptonite:

• Green: Weakness for Kryptonians

• Red: Severe weakness for Kryptonians and causes mood swings.

• Anti-Kryptonite: No effects on Kryptonians but harmful to humans

• X-Kryptonite: Gives humans superhuman abilities.

• Blue: Weakness for Bizarro Superman

• White: Kills plant life

• Gold: Removes superpowers permanently

• Silver: Gives Kryptonians hallucinations almost like Scarecrows toxin

• Black: Splits Kryptonians into an evil and good entity.

• Orange: Gives animals abilities like Krypto the Super Dog.

• Pink: Makes Kryptonians um….bat for the other team as people say

• Periwinkle: Causes Kryptonians to lose all their inhibitions

Most Notable Villains:

• Lex Luthor

• Darkseid

• Métallo

• Ultra Humanite

• Bizzaro

• Brainiac

• Doomsday

• General Zod

• Mongul

The Men Behind The Steel

• Kirk Alyn (1948 and 1950)

• George Reeve (1951-1958)

• David Wilson (1975)

• Christopher Reeve (1978-1987)

• John Newton (1988)

• Gerard Christopher (1988-1992)

• Dean Cain (1993-1997)

• Tom Welling (2001-2011, 2019)

• Brandon Routh (2006,2019,2020)

• Ben Affleck (2006 as George Reeve)

• Henry Cavill (2013-present)

• Tyler Hoechlin pronounced Heklin (2016-present CW)

The Voices of Superman

• Big Blue has had 103 different voices spanning 100+ types of media, but we will name the top 10 voices of the most repeated actors.

1.) Nolan North

2.) Jerry O’Connell

3.) George Newbern

4.) Jason J. Lewis

5.) Channing Tatum

6.) Tim Daly

7.) Dany Dark

8.) Bud Collyer

9.) Brecken Meyer

10.) Biggest 1 Timers: Alan Tudyk, Jason Issacs, and Troy Baker making Troy Baker the only person to voice Superman, Batman, and Joker.

Our Thoughts, Memories, and Favorite Moments of Superman:

• Overrated?

• Best Superman?

○ IMDB Polled over 2,600 people and here are the standings:

§ Christopher Reeve 1,183

§ Henry Cavill 794

§ Tom Welling 249

§ Brandon Routh 130

§ Dean Cain 95

§ George Reeves 65

§ Ben Affleck 61

§ Tyler Hoechlin 25

§ Kirk Alyn 18

§ Gerard Christopher 10

• Killed Joker

• Raced Flash - Wound up with the record of Superman - 1 / Flash - 3 / Tie-2

• VS Batman - 16 times they have went head to head and it has ended with the record being:

Batman: 6 (always by outwitting)

Superman: 7 (always by being pushed to the limit)

Tie: 3 (interrupted by a villain)

• Deaths of Superman: He has died many times in major storylines: Here are a few big ones.

Superman is a fictional superhero. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, and first appeared in Action Comics #1, a comic book published on April 18, 1938.[1] The character regularly appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and has been adapted to a number of radio serials, movies, and television shows.

Everyone in some form or fashion has heard those iconic lines:

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird!

It's a plane!

It's Superman!

There is perhaps no one more iconic and synonymous with the term superhero than The Man of Steel, but what makes him the poster boy for our culture? Now, if you were to ask most nerds, it would vary on who the poster boy is out of bias. For instance, Tyler thinks Batman, and Josh thinks Mickey Mouse is.

Superman was born on the planet Krypton and was given the name Kal-El at birth. As a baby, his parents sent him to Earth in a small spaceship moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm. His ship landed in the American countryside, near the fictional town of Smallville. He was found and adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, who named him Clark Kent.

Clark developed various superhuman abilities, such as incredible strength and impervious skin. His foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, and he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. To protect his privacy, he changes into a colorful costume and uses the alias. "Superman" when fighting crime. Clark Kent resides in the fictional American city of Metropolis, where he works as a journalist for the Daily Planet.

Superman's supporting characters include his love interest and fellow journalist Lois Lane, Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen and editor-in-chief Perry White. His most well-known villain is Lex Luthor. Superman is part of the DC Universe, and as such often appears in stories alongside other DC Universe heroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman.

Although Superman was not the first superhero character, he popularized the superhero archetype and defined its conventions. Superheroes are usually judged by how closely they resemble the standard established by Superman. He remains the best selling superhero in comic books of all time[2]and endured as one of the most lucrative franchises even outside of comic books.

Aliases:

• The Man of Steel

• The Man of Tomorrow

• Supes

• Big Blue

• Kal-El

• The Kryptonian

Abilities:

• Vast superhuman strength

• Superhuman hearing, durability, and longevity

• Superhuman vision

• Heat vision

• Electromagnetic spectrum vision

• Microscopic vision

• X-ray vision

• Telescopic vision

• Infrared vision

• Superhuman breath

• Freeze breath

• Wind breath

• Superhuman speed

• Superhuman agility

• Superhuman reflexes

• Invulnerability

• Healing Factor

• Flight

• Space survivability

• Superhuman intelligence

Types of Kryptonite:

• Green: Weakness for Kryptonians

• Red: Severe weakness for Kryptonians and causes mood swings.

• Anti-Kryptonite: No effects on Kryptonians but harmful to humans

• X-Kryptonite: Gives humans superhuman abilities.

• Blue: Weakness for Bizarro Superman

• White: Kills plant life

• Gold: Removes superpowers permanently

• Silver: Gives Kryptonians hallucinations almost like Scarecrows toxin

• Black: Splits Kryptonians into an evil and good entity.

• Orange: Gives animals abilities like Krypto the Super Dog.

• Pink: Makes Kryptonians um….bat for the other team as people say

• Periwinkle: Causes Kryptonians to lose all their inhibitions

Most Notable Villains:

• Lex Luthor

• Darkseid

• Métallo

• Ultra Humanite

• Bizzaro

• Brainiac

• Doomsday

• General Zod

• Mongul

The Men Behind The Steel

• Kirk Alyn (1948 and 1950)

• George Reeve (1951-1958)

• David Wilson (1975)

• Christopher Reeve (1978-1987)

• John Newton (1988)

• Gerard Christopher (1988-1992)

• Dean Cain (1993-1997)

• Tom Welling (2001-2011, 2019)

• Brandon Routh (2006,2019,2020)

• Ben Affleck (2006 as George Reeve)

• Henry Cavill (2013-present)

• Tyler Hoechlin pronounced Heklin (2016-present CW)

The Voices of Superman

• Big Blue has had 103 different voices spanning 100+ types of media, but we will name the top 10 voices of the most repeated actors.

1.) Nolan North

2.) Jerry O’Connell

3.) George Newbern

4.) Jason J. Lewis

5.) Channing Tatum

6.) Tim Daly

7.) Dany Dark

8.) Bud Collyer

9.) Brecken Meyer

10.) Biggest 1 Timers: Alan Tudyk, Jason Issacs, and Troy Baker making Troy Baker the only person to voice Superman, Batman, and Joker.

Our Thoughts, Memories, and Favorite Moments of Superman:

• Overrated?

• Best Superman?

○ IMDB Polled over 2,600 people and here are the standings:

§ Christopher Reeve 1,183

§ Henry Cavill 794

§ Tom Welling 249

§ Brandon Routh 130

§ Dean Cain 95

§ George Reeves 65

§ Ben Affleck 61

§ Tyler Hoechlin 25

§ Kirk Alyn 18

§ Gerard Christopher 10

• Killed Joker

• Raced Flash - Wound up with the record of Superman - 1 / Flash - 3 / Tie-2

• VS Batman - 16 times they have went head to head and it has ended with the record being:

Batman: 6 (always by outwitting)

Superman: 7 (always by being pushed to the limit)

Tie: 3 (interrupted by a villain)

Deaths of Superman: He has died many times in major storylines: Here are a few big ones.

○ Infinite Crisis - Superboy Prime

○ The Final Days of Superman - Kryptonite Poisoning

○ DC vs Masters of the Universe - He Man kills him.

○ The Price of Victory - Steppenwolf kills Wonder Woman while a distracted Superman is killed by the Parademons inserting a device in his head killing him.

○ Countdown to Final Crisis - Infected by a disease

○ Absolute Power - Batman and Superman are sent through different timelines dying over and over again in a Groundhog Day like punishment. One of their most brutal come at the hands of Jonah Hex and Scalphunter

○ DC Universe Online Legends - Killed by Lex Luthor with a Kryptonite spear.

○ The Death of Superman - This was one of the biggest moments of Nerd Culture. Doomsday and Superman die fighting each other. This was such a shock to the nation, it was reported by mass media outlets all over The World, and DC kept the buzz going with a 3 month hiatus of his comics before bringing him back.



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